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    July 1, 2011
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said that in terms of neck breaking, there's some evidence that neck breaking was looked up, the actual search in google. she said that it popped up when she looked at a skateboarding youtube accident. this witness said no, that's not true. the actual terms neck breaking were googled. i think that's pretty chilling. >> i think the next time you and i speak will be handed over to the jury. have a wonderful holiday weekend. thank you so much. same to all of you as well. now to wolf blitzer. al qaeda forces looking to expand their turf in the west. plus an international financeer is now freed from house arrest in new york city. the case against the former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn may
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be falling apart right now because of very serious questions about his accuser's credibility. and how the idea of fox news may have been hatched in the republican white house. the secret blueprint dug up now from the nixon library archives. i'm wolf blitzer here in "the situation room." exactly two months after osama bin laden was killed, elements of his al qaeda network are joining forces to keep his campaign of terror alive. we're learning about a merger of sorts between al qaeda militants in yemen and neighboring somalia. our pentagon correspondent has some exclusive details. barbara, tell us what you know. >> we've been digging for the last several days and several u.s. officials tell us that indeed they have intelligence that convinces them that al qaeda in yemen and the al qaeda-related group in somalia are joining forces to try and plan attacks against europe and the united states.
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and you need to look front and center here in the pentagon, the new secretary of defense, leon panetta and david petraeus when he gets to the cia in a few week, they will make this stop on the agenda. we are told there will be counterattacks. drone attacks, special operations, covert missions, look for all of it to continue. the al qaeda in yemen group expanding its efforts along with al qaeda in somalia. we are told what they're looking at is expanding their ability for training camps, resourcing, planning, financing, all of it. aiming to add that, aspirations, but trying to do it.
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we already see a lot of unrest in both of these countries. now leon panetta, his first day on the job here at the pentagon. he has already talked to congress about both these countries and his concerns. regarding somalia, just a few weeks ago, he told congress the al qaeda movement in somalia is significant and on the rise in the threat -- their threat being posed to the united states. and next door in yemen, he talked about that al qaeda group as well, saying, quote, that group has made tactical gains in tribal areas, seizing and holding territory outside the yemen government control. so again, wolf, we're talking about two country, al qaeda on the rise, no government ability to really control it, looking for the united states to continue its secret wars in these countries.
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>> terrorists are plans attacks right now against the united states. overall the bin laden network is waerk than it's's ever been before. >> the acting affiliate of al qaeda today was in yemen. any area there was not a strong level of government authority absolutely does make it more susceptible to terrorist plots. they're focused on many issues right now and we had been more concerned about al qaeda in the arabian peninsula because of that. they took advantage of some
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disruptions especially in the south of the country. >> let's talk more about fran thompson. she's on the advisory boards of the cia and department of homeland security. fran, this alliance between yemen and somalia. how much of a security threat to the united states is it? >> wolf, remember we heard a good deal from the fbi about somalia attracting americans to somalia to the fight. because of the proximity between yemen and somalia, it's easy for them in little local boats to cross over that short water distance where they can collaborate, train and exchange fighters to back each ore up.
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no question that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula is the greatest threat to the united states. those are the bomb makers that are responsible for the christmas day attempted bombing and the computer partridges attempt. so this is a very active group with great capability. >> we're going into a july 4 holiday weekend. how concerned should americans be in this post bin laden world, a possible attempt at terror against americans? >> nobody in the u.s. government has been talking about any specific threat tied to the fourth of the july. but of course, large public gathering are always an attractive target for terrorists. so what i should say to americans is you've always got to be alert. it's the old, as you say in new york, if you see it, say it. if you see something suspicious, tell someone, tell a policeman or swrun in authority so they can investigate it. >> is there a throwing trend of cooperation among these various groups, yemen, somalia or elsewhere? i suspect there are a lot more
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al qaeda operatives in yemen and somalia than all of afghanistan. >> you they very well be right about the numbers. a formal affiliation with the call core in the tribal areas. these groups have always seen some strength in the alliances. where you see instability in places like libya and yemen and syria, you worry about al qaeda and its affiliates. in chaos, they can take advantage of that situation, those ungoverned spaces to recruit, train and plan. so all of these governments in chaos represent a threat for us. >> there's a new head of the international counterterrorism center. what do you know about matt olson? >> he's a career guy. he's worked across different disciplines. he served both at the fbi then and also later at the justice department and the national security decision.
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well respected by law enforcement, gained some national security and intelligence experience over at the department. don't know about his relationship with the president, but that's less important than the counterterrorism center. as a career official, heel have that. so he's probably a pretty good choice. >> a follow-up now on a shocking breach of airline security. a man who managed to board a cross country flight without a valid boarding pass or i.d. appeared in court today. what happened there? >> well, i can tell you, federal prosecutors say that have he should not bf posted or granted bail because he is a flight risk. they say he has no ties to l.a. he has family in georgia and
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michigan and also in his home country of nigeria. they also argued that he's a possible risk to society and to the community. alleging that he stole people's boarding passes, their identities to try to get onboard airplanes. the defense argues that he comes from a respectable family, that esen rnlly he just stole a $500 flight and he is very embarrassed by all in. but the prosecution wasn't buying any of that. despite not finding any terrorist threat, they say when it comes to security, it's a very serious matter. >> we have a very significant system set up to try to ensure security at our airports, on planes that travel both here in the united states internationally. anytime there may be a breach, a perceived breach, that makes it a serious matter.
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>> they don't know enough about him, where he's from, what he's about, what he's doing. and essentially did not set bail. there will be another hearing as early as next week, wolf, and of course, the judge making it very clear in the courtroom today that any conditions down the road would not allow him to board any planes. wolf? >> all right, sandra, thanks very much. a high profile sexual assault case against the powerful global figure, now appears to be in shambles. so what happens? now that prosecutors say dominique straus kahn's accuser told lies. also ahead -- >> you'll still be able to ride on your corporate jet. you're just going to have to pay a little more. >> it's the president's new line of attack. he said it over and over again this week. we're having a fact check, a reality check on what he said. stay with us. you're in "the situation room." carol. fiber makes me sad. oh common. and how can you talk to me about fiber while you are eating a candy bar?
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a new york judge today released dominique strauss kahn from arrest saying the accuser lied about her background and facts of the case. the indictment against the former international monetary fund chief still stands, at least for now. prosecutors acknowledge they have doubts about the allegation that strauss kahn sexually attacked a maid in a luxury hotel back in may in new york. all the lawyers involved, they put their respective spin on what happened and what happens next.
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>> after the indictment was filed. we continued as an office to investigate the case rigorously as we do and are only kated to do. and we turned over to the defense the information that gave rise to those concerns as we are ethically and legally obligated to do. >> the victim from day one has described a fie lent sexual assault that dominique strauss kahn committed against her. she has described that sexual assault many times to the prosecutors and to me. and she has never once changed a single thing about that account.
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>> each appearance in the last six week, we asked you and asked the world not to rush to judgment in this case, and now i think you can understand why. we believed from the beginning that this case was not what it appeared to be and we are absolutely convinced that while today is a first giant step in the right direction, the next step will lead to a cleat dismissal of the charges. >> richard, just tell our viewer, the inconsistency in the hotel maid's story. >> in a court filing, the prosecution said there were untruths in the star witness's accounts and statement, that she lied when she initially claimed that she had been gang raped by soldiers in her native west
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africa, that there were lies regarding her application for asylum to live here in the united states that she didn't tell the truth about a phone call with a prison inmate who was convicted of drug trafficking or drug dealing, where she asked him for vice on whether she should go after dominique strauss-kahn. and she said she originally stayed in that hall way after the alleged attack, sexual attack. then she reversed herself and said she actually went on, or maybe they had evidence to clean another room and then going back in to call her hotel supervisor. there are several other reversals. eshe said it was because of year. >> describe the reaction inside the courthouse and outside. >> i think it's my fourth time here, the fourth hearing. you may remember last time, there was an organized demonstration of hotel maids, chamber maids here, yelling vocifero vociferously, shame on you as
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dominique strauss kahn entered. they were noticeably not here today. they're going to insist they had to go with their witness. this was a witness they stated was very solid and they would be eager to put her on the stand. this was shortly after everything when they took strauss kahn after the jfk air france jet. >> so he's free now. he can't leave the country, but he can go any place he wants and do whatever he wants, is that right? >> yeah, the most smiles we've ever seen from dominique strauss strauss-kahn. he's now free to go anywhere in the u.s. the court does have his passport, but all of those house arrest and other bail conditions, hotel monitoring, cameras, guards, that's not there. he was portrayed almost as a mass murderer. that's now ended. >> we're going to have a lot more on this part of the story
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later, richard. thanks very much. the case is not yet over. we're going to dissect a lot more of what's going on with jeffrey toobin, our senior legal analy analyst. strauss-kahn's allies say they're optimistic he will be completely vindicated and maybe go back into politics. >> the charge against strauss-kan are still out there. his passport has not been returned. the only thing that changed is his bail hearings. some say this could mean the charges will be dropped against him. one says the lesson is that we should not react on emotion but
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we should employ reason instead. another said a page has been turned. statements about us and the socialist party, saying we protect an alleged racist, all that has collapsed. the case hasn't been tried yet, but definitely as one leading socialist said now it remains to be seen how it remains to be seen from here. there's still some here who expect that it could be possible for him to come back and restore his political career and perhaps even run for president in the 2012 elections. cnn, paris. >> meanwhile, an american ship sets off for gaza to protest the israeli blockade. but we're going to tell you who's detaining it and why. and new fatigue rules helped
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traffic controllers stay awake on the job.
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some of the top stories in the situation room right now. >> greek authorities are detaining a ship bound for gaza. it stopped just minutes after it set out from a greek port. it was part of a flotilla intended to challenge the naval blockade of gla sa. -- gaza. greek authorities are warning that all ships headed from gaza will be stopped. clinton referenced the latest reports that government organized groups and security forces were attacking demonstrators. she had a warning for the country's leaders. >> it is absolutely clear that the syrian government is running out of time. there isn't any question about that.
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it will include peaceful protests to go throughout syria and engage in a productive dialogue with members of the opposition and civil society. or they're going to continue to see increasingly organized resistance. >> the casey anthony murder trial is done for today. the prosecution rested. closing arguments are now set for sunday. earlier today, prosecutors tried to discredit testimony from anthony's knottmother about who searched online for chloroform on the family's computer. prosecutors say anthony used chloroform to knock out her 2-year-old daughter before killing her. prosecutors will be allowed to listen to the radio and read before overnight shifts. controllers can also now request to take leave if they're new fatigued to work.
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the new rules come in an aftermath of a series of incidents involving air traffic controllers who were sleep on the job. >> they can listen on the radio, read but not watch cnn? >> i don't know about the rules about watching tv, but presumably it's to keep them awake. >> thanks. president obama is taking on republicans by going after corporate jets and other tax breaks for their owners. we're looking at the facts. stand by. and can the president afford to lose his treasury secretary heading into an election year? ? time to deploy the chex mix boring potato chip decoy bag. now no one will want to steal the deliciousness. with a variety of tastes and textures, only chex mix is a bag of interesting. ♪ ♪
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>> i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." story wes ear work on right now, we'll take an up close look at the libyan leader's army of women. could he be preparing to send them into combat? also you'm hear bill clinton's take on accusations that president obama is engaging in so-called class warfare against the republicans. and huge crowds are turning out in canada to get a glimpse of the royal newlyweds. we're going to show you the fanfare as william and kate conduct their first official overseas trip. you're in the situation room. >> this week, president obama highlighted writeoffs of corporate jets saying they should end. critics say it's more about politics than cutting the
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deficit. our white house correspondent brian that keeler is taking a closer look at the issue for us. i know you've been doing reporting. how much money are we really talking about in this entire corporate jet issue? >> wolf, this particular tax break, we're talking about $3 billion, and this is getting a whole lot of attention. but really, it's just a drop in the bucket when you're talking about trillions of dollars in the course of these debt talks that are going on. but the white house and conscious national democrats are zeroing in on this, one of the more unsympathetic tax breaks as they try to stick it to the republicans who say absolutely they will not agree to any tax increases in the ongoing talks. private jets are the stuff of music video decadence. ♪ >> good morning, everybody. have a seat. >> and presidential press conferences. >> a tax break for corporate jet owners -- >> corporate general owner.
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the tax break for corporate jets. >> president obama mentioned corporate jet evowners and the x break they enjoy six times during his press conference. >> you can still ride on your corporate jet. you'll just have to pay more. >> it's a tax increase that republicans are resisting. corporate jet owner, mostly companies, not individual, can write off the purchase of a plane over five years. it's a slightly sweeter deal than commercial airlines get. they write off the purchase of a plane over seven years. the president and democrats are proposing private jet owners get the same tax treatment as airlines. so how much money would this bring in? about $3 billion over then year. compare that to the $2 trillion to $4 trillion congress and the white house is aiming to save over the same time period. >> the president basically outlined the equivalent of a $100 problem. and yet his solution would
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raiseless than a penny. >> of he represents companies that own private airplanes. he says dissuading companies will cost jobs. >> these are products manufactured in the united states, maintained in the united states and are critical to the future of a lot of our small towns in rural communities without good airline service. he also wants to eliminate breaks for hedge fund operators and oil companies. but there's another tax break the president would really like to say. and this is limiting deductions that wealthy americans can take. you heard the president refer to this as a tax break that affects millionaires and billionaires. the fact check on that is this -- it actually would target americans making $250,000 or
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more. arguably a lot of money, but a lot aren't millionaires or billionaires. >> thanks very much. let's discuss what's gong on in our strategy session. joining us now, the former deputy white house press secretary now with the political action committee. tony blankley, thanks for coming in. $3 billion on the corporate jet writeoffs, she's right, it is small potatoes. >> i have to agree. it is a small piece of this. but that makes it so much more stength that republicans won't just let it go. as we go through these talks, what you see are republicans saying okay, everybody's got to make a sacrifice, except for the very wealthy. poor folks, mid.
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class folks, seniors, medicare is going to get cut. but corporate jet owners, you're okay. >> you know, a billion here, a billion there, after a while, you're talking real money. >> of course, an irony is this was reauthorized in the democratic congress and signed by president obama as part of the stimulus package and it was intended to protect the workers, 11 now workers in the first months of 200 the. and now he's using the bill that he himself enacted into law to be symbolic of something that it's not. the president is entitled to pick his fights. the question is whether this is the right time and place to pick this fight because the -- all the various special tax provisions, i think everybody in town believes would be -- the context which we're going to solve that is when we do the overall business tax relief, we're lowering the rates and getting rid of some of the small deductions. not to do it in that context is to undermine what most serious people in town think is the way to do it.
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there does need to be a comprehensive fix, but you don't see willingness to get this done. >> a lot of talks collapsed in making taxes. they were making progress and achieving something. i want to continue this. but listen to what the vice president, joe biden said about this very issue. millionaires and billionaires, listen to this. >> i hope you know me well enough to know i'm straight with you. as a matter of fact, i'm a little too straight. these guys are asking senior citizen citizens to eventually pay $6,000 a year more for the same medicare they get now. now guess what? they're doing it because they have to have the money to continue to allow the average millionaire to get an
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additional, beyond his already tax -- an additional $200,000 a year in a tax cut. >> if the tax rates were to go back up, somebody is making $1 million, winds up having to pay the government $a couple hundred thousand more in tax. >> this is joe biden being joe biden. but it's ironic, part of the ryan proposal is to increase the subsidy for the poorer medicare beneficiaries and raise the taxes on the wealthier in order to sustain a program, which by the way, the congressional budget office says is going to become insolvent in 2020. nine years from now. so you can't really compare the republican proposal with the status quo. the status quo is going to be gone. >> everybody agrees something is going to have to be done. medicare, medicaid, maybe even down the road social security. you agree, right? >> that's right. that's why the president has
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agreed with finding savings. this is why we called our group what we did, priorities usa. if you don't have the priority in the right place, you send this country on the wrong track and putting the priority on making sure that millionaires get tax cuts as opposed to essentially ending medicare, it's a different priority. >> it's a slogan, but the reality is we're nine years away from ill son venncy and the president hasn't put a single proposal -- >> that's not true. in health care reform, there were savings ul every the country the democrats were attacked for. >> only a fraction of that was going to go to medicare. >> that was one piece of it. and he's also got more savings and more ways we can safe money in medicare and make sure it's safe for future generations. >> is it possible that timothy geithner might decide to leave the treasury department? >> i think those news reports seem like they were a little ahead of where secretary geithner is, but if he were to step down, it would be hard for a guy like phil graham to pass through the senate.
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>> because it's so hard for the president to try to make progress on the economy, republicans are fighting so hard to paralyze that he tries to do. >> probably the president should make his nomination labor day and get it solved by labor day. if he picks someone like jamie dimon, that would get 35, 40 republican senate votes plus all the democrats. but if he goes for a more liberal academic, he's going to have trouble on both sides of the aisle. you have a lot of democratic senators up for reelection. >> what about bill dailey, the white house chief of staff? >> i don't think he's a man who the industry -- they like him -- >> he comes from the business world. . >> he does, but the treasury secretary at this point, with all the problems i think has got to be seen as a real master of the universe. >> in the meantime, timothy geithner says he's not leaving for the foreseeable future. he flew back last night on the same flight from chicago back to
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washington. he seemed like the secretary of the treasury at the time suggested he was staying. thank for coming in. a state government shutdown is happening right now. we're going to tell you where and why and who's suffering? and the husband of congresswoman gabrielle giffords talks about the other love of his life. ♪ ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ my only sunshine ♪ you makes me happy ♪ when skies are grey ♪ you'll never know, dear ♪ how much i love you ♪ please don't take my sunshine away ♪ [ male announcer ] as long as there are babies, they'll be chevy's to bring them home. ♪
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a new state budget crisis and government shutdown. this one in minnesota. state parks and even rest stops are closed for this busy fourth of july holiday weekend. many service social agencies are losing their funding. 23,000 state workers are scheduled to be laid off, leaving only limited government services in all of minnesota, all of this because state lawmakers are deadlocked on how to close a $3.6 billion budget short fall when the new fiscal year began at midnight. it's a story we're watching in minnesota. let's talk about another state right now that's in financial pain. we're talking about michigan. i caught up with the former democratic governor in chicago.
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when i think about michigan, especially detroit, in the last 23 30, 40 years in buffalo, we lost half of our population. detroit used to have a huge population. >> but what kills me, wolf, about this is that as a nation, we have not had a manufacturing policy to keep manufacturing jobs. they eve also gone to countries where the policies work for business to make them more competitive. >> let's talk a lit bit more about what needs to be done now. in michigan, for example, you ear creating jobs. how are you doing that. >> we have 18 companies projected to create 63,000 jobs.
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michigan will now produce 20% of the globe's batteries. >> these aren't just american companies who invested in michigan, it's international. >> no. we went internationally to get them. we went to japan. they provided one component. i went to korea, got lg chem to come to michigan. it's very exciting. there's a whole industry that we have created because we have the right policy in place. >> now, correct me if i'm wrong, you were just in china. what did you learn there. >> yes. oh, my gosh. i went with a group securing america's energy. in china, they have very aggressive policies to create policies in energy. so we met with a lot of chinese officials. one comes up to me during a meeting and says, so when is the united states going to get a national energy policy? and i said, you know, partisanship in washington, i don't know. and this is what he did. he goes like this. he goes, take your time.
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why? because china has leapfrogged over the u.s. in attracting private sector investment in clean energy. they have pulled a huge number of factories away from the united states because their policy is right. it's not just about wages. it is about policy. and so the frustration for us and for those of us who want to see a manufacturing sector in america is every day we wait and don't have national hol polcy that says we're going to get 20% from renewable resources, every day we wait, we're losing this opportunity. >> if it's mitt romney as the republican nominee versus barack obama, who carries michigan? >> do you know that mitt romney penned an op-ed in "the new york times" with the heading of let detroit go bankrupt. that's not going to win the day in michigan. >> you think the president would -- >> the president saved the auto industry.
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and mitt romney has a problem. >> i think he was born in michigan. >> he was. but he turned his back on his home state at the moment when the state was most in trouble. >> former governor speaking with me in chicago yesterday. the man accused of shooting congresswoman goob yelabrielle s could be too mentally ill to ever stand trial. and a man accused in a bank scandal that nearly crushed afghanistan's financial system has fled here to the united states. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence caught up with him . well-being. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you nurture it in your cat with a full family of excellent nutrition and helpful resources. purina cat chow. share a better life.
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the former head of afghanistan's version of the federal reserve is right here in the united states. but back home, he's a wanted man in the alleged swindle of millions of dollars. or pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is following the money for us. chris, what have you learned? >> if we're talking about nearly $1 billion in bad loans. you know, this was afghanistan's biggest private bank, and the crisis has made donors have to cut back on come some of their contributions, all at a time the u.s. is beginning a massive transition out of the country.
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>> just this week, afghan police arrested two top executives for mismanaging kabul bank. a private bank which lost $1 billion and nearly collapsed last year. and now they're on the hunt for this man -- a whistleblower who we found right here in washington. >> you know the afghan government has put an arrest warrant out for you now. >> nonsense. >> he was the again bernanke of afghanistan and ran the country's central bank. the afghan government accused him of contributing to kabul bank's meltdown because he failed to provide oversight. >> they just want to blame me and shift all the blame on me. because they want to divert attention from their own allegedly corrupt -- from the crimes that they allegedly committed. >> the central bank say he is and his brother took money for a houn us to in dubai.
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even the kabul bank's ceo got a loan, nearly $18 million to invest in apartment buildings. some look good on paper, but more than 90% of the the loans were terms to be fraudulent. >> no collateral, no interest and no repayment plan. what kind of loan and no repaym plan. what kind of a loan is that? >> corruption is happening at the highest level in the government of afghanistan. i want the international community to put more pressure on high political authorities. >> u.s. senators do too and they are pushing the head of military operations in afghanistan to keep an eye on the money. >> the karzai government and other people in afghanistan are trying to cover up the extent of the fraud and manipulation in the bank. >> they forced the fund to cutoff the credit line and the country is losing a valuable source of funding as the u.s.
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and allies begin a huge transition process to pull up. >> there were american funds flowing through to the contractors in many provinces of afghanistan including kandahar. >> the part of the bank that pays afghan police salaries, that's split off from the loan department and that part pathat pays police is still functioning. the imf is not restarting their donor program because there concerns there and now we hear there is a second bank, another bank under scrutiny. >> good report. thanks very much. president obama accused of using class warfare against republicans. the politics of pitch and poor right now. the astronaut admits
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the astronaut markicly is promising gabrielle giffords will be the only politician in the family. his future at nasa just a week before the final launch. his main focus is on making sure his wife recovers from the attempt to assassinate her. >> many of you have been following the recovery of my wife, gabby. she is doing very well. we both are so appreciative of the outporing of support and the hopes and prayers of so many people are a tremendous source of strength to her, but also to me, our family, her friends and her staff. i love her very much. >> the federal judge ruled that the man accused of shooting her can be forcibly medicated as a
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part of schizophrenia and make him mentally fit to stand trial. what if the treatment doesn't work? it raises a skekt rum that troubles many americans. insanity can be used to get violent criminals off the hook. is that true? jim acosta brings up the story. >> the case is reopened an old debate over what to do with criminals deemed not competent to stand trial. they are putting him in a mental hospital and hardly sounds like justice. to understand what happens, we talked to two filmmakers who got unprecedented access to one of the country's most well-known mental institutions. you are entering a world few will ever see in person. the inside of a mental institution that houses criminally insane patients.
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this is st. elizabeth's hospital in washington, d.c. as captured in a remarkable movie shot last year by the patients themselves. one of them is lewis ekker who raped, beat, and strangled to death an aide more than four decades ago. >> i came in in 1967. that's like 43 years that this was my home. >> the movie's two young filmmakers got the permission to put cameras in the hands af i few select patients. this access was granted to give the public a better understanding of what happens to a person who is found not guilty by reason of insanity. >> i'm filtered because it's told through their eyes. >> what did you learn about them? mental illness. >> for me, i learned the capacity for healing and the capacity for change and they talk about that a lot. they really wanted to
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communicate how much over the past decades they themselves have transformed. i think that's what is so great. we do get to pick. we don't have to imagine what it's like anymore we know. >> five featured men were involved in murder, sex crimes, assault. even if the filmmakers present them as aging patient who is are not as dangerous as they once were, at george washington university, the legal expert knows the public is not nearly so understanding, especially in high profile cases like the shooting of gabrielle giffords. her attacker was recently found mentally unfit to stand trial. >> the fact is that the insanity defense is almost never used. >> by the 1920s, they agreed sometimes people were seized by urges to be violent. proving instanity was hard, but then 30 years ago, legal experts
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say one shooting made it almost impossible. the 1981 attack on president reagan shocked the nation and hinkley who had a fixation on jody foster was not guilty by reason of insanity. the backlash was immediate. they tightened the rules for insanity defenses and 30 states did the same. >> you have to be chewing the carpet to qualify and be so insane, you can't tell the difference between right and wrong. >> for a person who is not mentally ill, it's a better deal. in the institution, only the doctors can determine when the patients are released. >> more likely they will spend more time in a mental institution than in a prison. many of these people will get 20 to and be out before 20 years. if you go to a mental institution for murder, you will
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likely spend the rest of your life there. >> all the patients of the st. elizabeth'sth some day, some way they will be released. many of them said that for years. this week a federal judge sided with prosecutors who want to forcibly medicate him to stand trial. experts believe lawyers on both sides will know whether it's successful later this year. >> you can see more on the special called stories reporter. 4:30 p.m. pacific. a bombshell in the case of the finance chief accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid. three house arrests after new
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doubts are raised about the credibility of his accuser. at a cnn exclusive, we will take you into the nerve center that coordinates the counter terrorism experts. we will hear from the man who has run this. plus, was the blueprint for fox news laid out nearly 40 years ago in a nixon white house memo about ways to get the gop on tv? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. break news for headlines and jeannie moos all straight ahead. you are in "the situation roo.". a new shocker that shocked the world. it was a finance figure from france charged in the united states for alleged sexual assault on a hotel housekeeper. now the former international monetary fund is free from house arrest after a serious doubt about the credibility of his accuser.
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let's go straight to susan canned lotiy in new york and covered the case from day one. this is really a bombshell development over the past 24 hours. >> over 24 hours ago with the believability of the maid making the accusations in this case. tonight it snowballed into a decision by the court to release dominique strauss khan from house arrest and set him free on his own reconnaissance. a stunning reversal of fortune for dominique strauss khan. with his wife and a smiling dsk, he left court with a $6 million bail off his back after the state case against him went into a free fall. >> there will be no rush to judgment in the case. >> prosecutors admitted to the defense attorneys thursday and then to a judge that the hotel maid's credibility was
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developing gaping holes and she accused the french royal banker of sexually assaulting her in a posh new york hotel suite. according to authorities now admits to lying about parts of her story and that's not all. among other discrepancies, the state said after the alleged attack, she repeated 3 told police and the grand jury he stayed in a hall way after escaping until he left in an elevator. prosecutors now say she admits the truth and first cleaned another hotel skbooet then returned to the scene of her encounter before reporting it to the supervisor. >> other alleged lies claims she was gang raped as part of an asylum claim to remain in the u.s. admitting she didn't tell the truth in a tax return claiming a friend's child as a dependent and low balling her income. >> it is clear that the strength of the case has been affected bite substantial credibility
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issues relating to the complaint with this, we are not moving to dismiss the case at this time. >> the maid's lawyer accused the da of in effect, hanging his client out to dry. >> our concern is that manhattan district attorney is to refrain to try this case. the district attorney has an obligation to stand up for this rape victim. >> the defense team is claiming credit for flagging credibility issues last month. now accusing the maid of "substantial lies." >> we ask you and ask the world not to rush to judgment in this case. now i think you can understand why. >> there a lot of whys that no one can answer. the question is, will the case be dismissed and will the truth ever be known? >> and the other elephant in the room is the dna evidence,
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forensic evidence that an encounter of some kind happened in that hotel suite. here we have a case where even with the strong evidence because of credibility issues the prosecution is thinking about the possibility of dropping the felony case. it's remarkable. >> it is remarkable. when is he due back in court? >> he is supposed to ark peer on the 18th of july, but if there is a decision to toss the case, it could come sooner. defense attorneys are calling for that. consistently maintaining strauss khan's innocence, but an attorney for the maid and you heard from him said she was assaulted in that hotel room and wants justice. >> the prosecution said he can travel anywhere in the united states. he is out free on his own reconnaissan reconnaissance. what a remarkable change from what existed 24 hours ago. >> i'll say. he has been staying all this
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time in a posh townhome that he has been renting and paying about 250,000 a month for security and his electronic surveillance and he doesn't need to anymore. now that the court did not give him a passport, he must stay in the united states. >> other than that he is free to go about living in the united states and do whatever he wants for now. thanks very much. excellent reporting for us. let's dig deeper joining us on the phone. this is a stunning development. >> i loved a lot of trials and investigations and i think today was one of the most extraordinary and dramatic days of any case. this case is really hanging by a threat at this point. there was also something perplexing because even though these were damaging statements about her credibility, they didn't seem to justify dropping
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the case at this point. there is not telling the full truth about the initial event, it's not something you need to justify dropping the case. >> they have more evidence of lying and i read this letter that the district attorney county of new york sent dominique strauss's lawyers. there is a pattern of this woman lying to the federal government on a range of issues unrelated to the case at the hotel. some related to the case at the hotel. >> that's true. there was a paragraph in the letter that said there other lies. we don't know about them. the press conference held where he describes the injuries that she suffered or he claims she suffered were very persuasive
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and would not be much affected by the fact that she lied on her application. his claim that they are effectively throwing the victim under the bus, that really needs to be consider. i was struck by that. if he dismisses the case, he has a lot of explaining to do. >> one thing is why he so quickly decided to charge dominique strauss khan within hours not knowing much about this woman's history or past credibility. >> we often talk about it, but it is reinforced time after time. the dangers of a rush to judgment. whether it's the duke lacrosse case or this case, cases look different after you investigate for a few days or weeks. prosecutors, journalists, we all learn that lesson and learn a
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very unfortunate and damaging lesson for what might be a rush to judgment here. >> no doubt as you pointed out, he has one of the best criminal defense attorneys in new york. he doesn't lose a lot of cases >> he certainly doesn't. again, what always mattered most in the cases is not courtroom theatrics, but thorough investigation. here to the credit of the district attorney's office, they were the ones that disclosed the damaging information about their own witness. that's part of their obligation and the prosecutors. there was a defense investigation about her credibility and seems clear that there a lot of problems, but there is also dna evidence of a sexual encounter. there is evidence of injury. the jury might find that persuasive even if she has the problems. i don't think this case is over.
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it looks a lot different now than for you hours ago. >> we will stay on top of the case. thanks very much. other news we are following. the libyan leader is warning nato of revenge attacks. it doesn't stop against the regime. the audio message relayed the thousands of supporters, gadhafi advised to withdraw and run away. the libyan military could be like locust and bees in europe. targeting homes and offices. the leader still has many loyal followers, including a number of female fighters. cnn's david mcsenzy has this report. they have an unusual accessory at hand. the women have come in to prove their loyalty and to show off their weapons they are not a phrase to use. these are people's sisters and grandmothers.
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they are a fighting force. from a young age, girls get military training in schools here, but with the war on libya's embattled leader, they call for fresh volunteers. women of all ages are signing up. this 40-year-old textile worker. i train after work at 4:00. i got to train on using weapons i like it and i like the training and defending my country. now i'm training other women to use the guns. they learn to defend the country they said. they train to use it and assemble and take it apart and they shoot and get excellent scores. many are them are still unfamiliar with the rifles the volunteers were bust out to meet us.
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it's tempts to dismiss them as a military force. consider this. the nuns of the revolution, the female body guards they are not just cosmetic. one took a bullet in 98. since the 70s, women trained in a special facility for combat. she didn't want her name used. she is attached to her wrist. i forget my role as a woman. my role is now to fight. she has four children and her husband is fighting. do not under estimate any woman with that. at any age, do not under estimate her. the women are able to perform more than you think. they claim they handed out more than they can.
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raised to fight, could the loyalty of kwlab's woman be a defining factor? cnn, tripoli >> the battle over raising. >> in just the years before president obama took office, 90% went to the top 10% and 40% went to the top 1%. if you point that out, you are accused of waging class warfare >> here feels strongly about the class warfare. you will hear more of my interview with former president clinton and the current president's battle with the gop. a man who has been front and center in the fight to keep america safe. he tells us what the greatest concern with the war on terror is right now. did roger have a bupt in the early days of the nixon white house? a document that is raising questions. stay with us. you are in "the situation room".
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president obama this week used very tough language to take his adversaries to task on the u.s. economy, specifically the looming debt crisis. i had a chance to talk about that with the former president who won reelection.
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bill clinton. we sat down during the global initiative conference aimed at tackling america's economic problem. >> president obama at the news conference went after the republicans. it was almost class warfare. does that help or hurt the effort to resolve the crisis right now and when you get into the bitter way? >> i don't know. i didn't hear the press conference and i can't comment. the rest of you report on this and are talk about class warfare. look at the facts. ever since their theory of the case is dominant in america. in the 1980 presidential election, from 1981 to 2011, let's look at what happened. from world war ii to 1981, the bottom line 70% of the national income and top 10 earn 90% and
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top 10 earn 9. from 1981 to 2011, the bottom nine% share of national income droped from 65 to 52. the top 10% went from 35 to 48. the top 1% went from 1 to nearly 22. in just the eight years before president obama took office, 90% of the income gains went to the top 10% and over 40% of the income gains went to the top 1%. if you point that out, you are accused of waging class warfare. >> the president is accused of being anti-business. >> you are not anti-business. when i raised taxes, they said all that about me. i don't cut a lot of business taxes, but i cut taxes for investment and investment technologies and areas and i would be all for that again. i'm for a payroll tax cut on
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business employers and employees. i have no problem with that. any time you are creating jobs, what our goal should be to go back to being a country with the biggest plants in the world and broadly shared. one of the reasons that most of our economic gains in the seven years and eight months from the time i left office until the financial crash. most of the gains were in finance, housing and consumer spending. and the consumer spending was financed by a maxed out credit card and they were not creating enough new jobs and people were not getting pay raises. so it's not class warfare to point that out. to point out that the economy needs to invigorate and for them to improve their income. it's not class warfare to ask bill clinton who was the
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beneficiary of the economy for the last 10 years to actually return to the taxes i was paying when all of america had a much stronger economy and all of america was benefiting. >> the argument is the top 2% of income earners in america pay 30 or 40% of all federal income tax and half of the people in america pay no income tax. >> that's right and they shouldn't. the top 1% also got 43% of the income gains in the last decade. >> they can afford to pay. >> yeah. i'm saying when your country is in trouble and you are saying look, folks, we are all going to have to sacrifice, there will have to be chajs in medicare and social security and changes in this, that, or the other thing. the public workers need to give up pension and a lot of the reforms have been necessary. but the one group we cannot ask to sacrifice are the people who
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benefitted the most who while they were benefiting did not create many jobs. i don't think that's class warfare. i think maybe the words should be different, but that's what i ask america to do in 1993. at work, we had half revenue increases and half spending cuts. we got way more deficit reduction than we thought because we had more economic activity. we need a plan where we share the investment and we share these. >> i remember the days because i was covering the white house for cnn at that time. you were bitterly criticized when you raised taxes, but you got reelected in 1996 as you well remember. >> i would love to dig deeper. that was a mart part of my interview. we also hear this charge of class warfare. what do you think of the way the
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former president dealt with this accusation? >> the former president used a few words that were very important. maybe the words should be different. back in the day when bill clinton was president, certainly he did raise taxes and then he moved along and he actually had a huge trade agreement among other trade agreements. >> created 20 million jobs. >> president barack obama is still very new in his administration. >> 2 1/2 years. >> he's got a little bit different rhetoric. you hear so much talk about raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires, but the rhetoric of it is raising taxes on people who make $250,000 or more. you hear this talk about this
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lending himself to more class warfare than usual. it's always a part of the system. the only thing they cared about was that it didn't turn violent. >> it helped explain why they think that president obama rightly or wrongly is anti-business. the thing about president obama is he hasn't owned or run a big business and understand the language a lot of people speak. they said if they raise a lot of taxes on me, i will have to make tough hiring decisions on the people who work for me. that becomes the kind of discussion that you want to have with somebody who feels comfortable having run a business or whatever. >> a lot of people will be watching. timothy geithner leaves, i don't think he will, but if he does, who would nominate to replace
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him? would it be someone from academia or in the government business or somebody from big business? that's a question we wanted the answer to. i suspect everything he will stay for the time being. >> hard job. >> the same flight within yesterday. you gave me the impression. >> when you look at the guy, the first thing you think of is what a run this guy had. it's been a tough period. >> between now and august 2nd. it could get worse if we don't work out a deal. thanks very much. you can see the rest of my wide ranging interview with the former president of the us tomorrow in "the situation room." saturday, 6:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. you can read my blog and what i wrote about the president and this class warfare struggle that is going on. this debate over class warfare.
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a key move in the war on terror, president obama planning the new collector that coordinates america's 16 intelligence and security agencies. the nominee to head the national center is matthew olsson,
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prosecutor at the national security agency. the homeland security correspondent got access to the nerve center and the man who until now has been leading it. it's an amazing situation unfolding. >> it is. as director of the national counter terrorism center, he has been front and center in the fight to keep america safe. in an exclusive interview, he reflected on the highs and the lows and the current threat nature. >> this is where 24 hours a day, seven days a week, information from every element of the u.s. government and around the world comes together. >> the national counter terrorism center was created to better integrate and analyze intelligence and mitigate the ability to connect the dots. >> some of these are your foot soldiers. >> these are. the sergeants and the non-commissioned officers working every daying those
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nuggets and making sure we can detect the threats before they materialize >> it is a big job. >> we'rar wash with threats all the time. we don't see anything of particular concern. >> a wash and threats all the time. what do you see and what do you see in terms of trends? >> well, we see over 6,000 to 10,000 pieces of intelligence related to terrorism every day. or 50 threats a day of particular concern to us. the threats are especially over the past two years far more diverse. >> the greatest concern, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula in yemen. >> do you see the safe haven expandi expanding? >> al qaeda has taken advantage and that's a concern for us. >> does it present an opportunity for the united states in some way? is this the moment perhaps to
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take action? >> we look at this as an excellent time. >> that includes al qaeda central that he believes is vulnerable after the death of osama bin laden. he said the successor is among those who may try to exact revenge. >> i think certainly the desire is there, but do they have the capability and that's why i get we are trying to hit them in a period of real vulnerability. >> the raid on the compound was a high point of the tenure. relief was the dominant emotion in "the situation room" when bin laden was killed >> i wouldn't say rejoicing. for me, knowing that we had closed a bit of the story and turned to a new chapter for families in their memory, i think that was the most rewarding thing. after they met, i called one of the families of the victims of
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9/11 and speak to them know and we could show we had been working on this for so long and so hard and have success, that was gratifying. >> the low point was crist mats day, 20009 when a nigerian allegedly tried to light a bomb concealed in his underwear and bring down a jetliner over detroit. >> we thought we were doing everything we could and everything well and it turned out we missed one. us missing one almost led to a tragic death of many, many people. that's a tough moment and a tough month after. >> it was a wake up call? >> i think it was. the organization at that point and i at that point had an opportunity to make a choice. did we kind of curl up and die? did we not accept criticism or take the criticism and prove the center? i think we close the latter and
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i'm proud of that. >> when are the christmas day plot unfolded, he went on a ski vacation with his young son. the officials said they approved it and lighter was criticized. >> i'm not sure that people understand the reality and you are not ruling on vacation and they say vacations you are in in these jobs, but it left an image of nctc and an image of the counter terrorism community as ho not being focused on these issues all the time. i was regretful and continue to be that my choices ended up reflecting on the administration. i'm sorry about that. >> michael is stepping down because he said it's good for the agency to have new perspective and running at 100% capacity 24 hours a day. he is ready to slow down a bit. we will hear him talk about homegrown terrorism and balancing security and privacy
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and how his connection to the world trade center has inspired his work. wolf? >> he's a good guy and a smart guy who has done great work and we wish him success and happiness in the next chapter. we don't know what he is going to do, but he will be working less. protecting all of this. thanks very much. we will look forward to the report on monday. was the blueprint for fox news laid out in a nixon white house memo about ways to get the gop on tv? we have a document. and the trial that gripped the nation enters a critical new phase. what's next for casey anthony? a look how a would be rapper managed to shut downtime square. bl medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare,
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from four decades ago in a memo from the nixon white house. they have been digging through the archives. what have you learned? >> that and notes from a man believed to be roger ales shows as far back as 1970, conservative leaders and media consultants had a plan to influence news. they say they are a fair and balanced alternative. did he have a blueprint for the early days of the nixon white house? cnn obtained an early 70s memo from the library entitled a plan
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for putting the gop on news. an eight wants to create a service to provide videotape hard news actualities from the cities of the united states. they want to do that on local tv stations to circomvent the networks. it's not clear who wrote the memo. the nixon library said it's in the files from the chief of staff. there is handwriting all over it with detailed suggestions on how to make the plan work. bob, if you decide to go ahead, we would like to bid on packaging the entire project. he later signing off, best regards, roger. the handwrite suggest that of roger ailes. howard kurtz from reliable sources said you can't compare him then to now >> he recognized when he created fox news channel there was a
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mighty media machine he believed leaned to the left. not to put out republican talking points, but to give the other side of the story >> we're asked the author of a book how the memo reflects the nixon white house's dealings. >> it said they did not trust the mainstream media and viewed it as an instrument of the political left. they believed they were never going to get a fair shake through the media >> what are a potential counter attack. the memo lays out every production cost and a schedule from videotaping interviews with republican congress men in the morning -- >> getting to the national airport to the cities. >> for shows me roger ailes had a great attention to detail, but this was an era before satellite interviews and you had to find a way to not only do the interviews with your own republican partisans, but to physically get the tape to television stations to play them
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in the same news cycle. >> the plan never appears to have gotten off the ground, but ailes established the fox news channel. we contacted fox for a response and they said they would provide a statement if cnn promised sight unseen to run the statement in the entirety. it's against policy to make a promise. wolf? >> the demand believed to be roger ailes and took into could the possibility that the plan wouldn't work. >> he raises the scenarios and said maybe it won't work if there is too much republican fear over this. maybe it won't work if the station managers are democrats or if the egos of the heads are too big and they want to do it themselves. so much detail and they were very series about this. they wanted to do this. >> you have to give them a lot of credit. he has credibility in terms of what he achieved over the years. >> absolutely.
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>> thanks very much for that. the president of venezuela has answers and some of the other top stories in "the situation room" right now. >> hi there, wolf. officials insist president hugo chavez is capably running the country from cuba. chavez dropped a bombshell last night announcing on state television he has been in cuba where he had a cancerous tumor removed he didn't give details, but they are raising concern about a power vacuum in venezuela. nfl quarterback michael vick landed his first endorsement since serving time in prison for dogfighting. nike dropped him in 2007 and the endorsement deal is the least in his professional rehabilitation since signing with the philadelphia eagles the man who grabbed nicholas sarkozy yesterday has been given a six-month suspend sentence and released.
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the 32-year-old was charged with violence against a person holding public authority and will have to perform community service. sarkozy did not press charges. in the end, sarkozy decided not to charge. >> pretty amazing situation. thanks very much. a murder trial now in the home stretch. >> no one else benefitted from the death of caylee marie anthony. caylee's death allowed casey anthony to live the good life. at least for those 31 days. >> major developments approaching in the anthony murder trial. we are going live to florida for the latest. british royals get a rock star welcome we are following william and kate in canada. ♪
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canadians are celebrating their national day with two high profile visitors. the duke and duchess of cambridge or prince william and his new bride, catherine.
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>> today they come, the duke and duchess of cambridge. the crowds are screaming will and kate, will and kate. pulling up and they are about to come out on the red carpet and make their way to the centennial name. they will hear the royal salute and you will hear the slow birds in formation flying over ottawa. this really is reminiscent of the royal wedding in the open top carriage. catherine wearing a high straight outfit she has worn before. in white and red. here we have it. full pomp and pageantry on display in canada day this ottawa. the duke and duchess on the red
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carpet. 21-gun salute. this is rock star royalty. catherine and william to enormous applause. these people have been waiting all morning to see the royal family. this is the next generation. >> reporting for us. we will continue to watch the visit to canada. then to the united states. the casey anthony murder trial is almost over. we are live with the jury results. when will they get their hands on the case? the rapper who shut downtime square by sitting on top of a pole. there was a 93% increase in cyber attacks. in financial transactions... on devices... in social interactions... and applications in the cloud. some companies are worried. some, not so much. thanks to a network that secures it all and knows what to keep in, and what to keep out.
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the most closely watched murder trial about to enter the final phase. closing arguments in the casey anthony trial about to happen this weekend. david mattingly in florida watching all this wrap up. what is the schedule for tomorrow and maybe even sunday? what is going on here? >> reporter: all the witnesses have been called. there is no more testimony in this case. attorneys for the defensheir hae
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sunday evening. it's this jury that will be determining casey anthony's future, her life and her freedom. >> what about tomorrow saturday? what happens tomorrow? >> tomorrow there is no court at all. both sides will be retreating in private to work on their closing arguments. it's a preparation day. they have a lot at stake. they had over 100 witnesses. we had 33 days of testimony. they've got a lot of information to package and present to the jury when they do those closing arguments on sunday. >> closing arguments sunday and maybe will go to the jury monday. we'll see what happens in that area. there was yet another surprise on this date. casey anthony's mother apparently caught in a lie. what happened? >> that's right. experts called by the prosecution today testified that according to computer records where she works, cindy anthony
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was actually at work, working there at a time when she testified earlier that she was at home doing searches for information about chloroform. that is a big blow to the defense if the jury decides that casey anthony was the one at that computer searching for information about chloroform and neck breaking. that shows potential premeditation and that could weigh heavily as they determine the death penalty. >> we'll see what happens. david, thanks very much. first came friday prayers then the deaths. lisa sylvester is monitoring the situation in syria right now. what's going on? >> reporter: at least nine people have been reported killed in what are now regular friday protests in cities across syria. human rights activists accuse the regime of killing more than 1,300 civilians since anti-government demonstrations started in march.
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the government says armed gangs are responsible for most of those deaths. >> while deadly protests demanding change swept the arab world, moroccans peacefully voted on change today. a referendum announced last month by king mohammed vi would drastically reshape the country's constitution. voters would elect a prime minister instead of the king appointing one. large portions of new york state will soon be open to natural gas drilling using a controversial method called fracking. it involves sending chemicals into the ground to crack shale rock. fracking would be banned in the new york city watershed. >> new rules approved to fight fatigue among air traffic controllers after widely reported incidents of controllers falling asleep on the job. among the changes, those working overnights will be allowed to listen to the radio and read
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appropriate material. anyone too tired to work can request a leave of absence. >> thanks for that, lisa. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com fiber makes me sad. oh common. and how can you talk to me about fiber while you are eating a candy bar? you enjoy that. i am. [ male announcer ] fiber beyond recognition. fiber one.
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here is a look at this hour's hot shots. in thailand a candidate salutes a crowd of supporters two days before elections. >> in russia, boys cool themselves in a fountain on a hot summer day. in monaco, people parade prior to a royal wedding. in israel, hundreds participate in an annual water fight. hot shots, pictures coming in from around the world. >> being discovered in new york isn't easy. one aspiring rapper took a shortcut. jeannie moos tells us, it didn't lead to fame but led to bellevue. >> reporter: it doesn't take much these days to shut down the crossroads of the world. a guy on a pole? what was he doing up there? >> sitting up there acting like an aid yot. >> reporter: his pole dance caused police to close seventh
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avenue in the heart of times square. >> he was rapping. >> reporter: rapping after being ejected from viacom's mtv while trying to hand out cds. police surrounded the light pole, pulled their truck up against it and inflated an air bag in case 34-year-old raymond velasquez of brooklyn fell or jumped. some in the crowd yelled. >> jump! >> reporter: for two hours police tried to talk him down while he talked on his cell. witnesses downloaded videos of the times square pole guy to youtube. while his times square pole performance was unaudible, you can hear him on his myspace page rapping under the name c.i. joan, coney island joe. his pole performance wasn't his first public disruption. posted grainy video of himself
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crashing the cbs "early show" as they were tossing to a snowstorm. >> that was nutty. >> reporter: not as nutty as refusing to come down from a pole. >> i think he was a moron. he went up there to make a show and cost new york city so much money. >> reporter: this harkens back to the 1920s when pole sitting was a fad. the last time something like this happened in new york city, it was too nearly naked people, one a transexual, another a guy guy refusing to climb down from a tree in central park. threatened police with broken branches. >> what do you make of this, inspector? >> it's earth day. >> reporter: by nightfall they came down from their perch. know did the rapper. he was transported to bellevue for evaluation. all clear. the show's over. do you know what the show was? >> no. >> reporter: some guy on a pole. >>